Damien Hirst - 20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale London Thursday, June 29, 2017 | Phillips
  • Provenance

    Gagosian Gallery, New York
    Private Collection (acquired from the above in 2005)
    Christie's, New York, 13 November 2014, lot 499
    Acquired at the above sale by the present owner

  • Exhibited

    Naples, Museo Archeologico Nazionale, The Agony and the Ecstasy Selected Works from 1989-2004, 31 October 2004 – 31 January 2005, p. 86 (illustrated)

  • Artist Biography

    Damien Hirst

    British • 1965

    There is no other contemporary artist as maverick to the art market as Damien Hirst. Foremost among the Young British Artists (YBAs), a group of provocative artists who graduated from Goldsmiths, University of London in the late 1980s, Hirst ascended to stardom by making objects that shocked and appalled, and that possessed conceptual depth in both profound and prankish ways.

    Regarded as Britain's most notorious living artist, Hirst has studded human skulls in diamonds and submerged sharks, sheep and other dead animals in custom vitrines of formaldehyde. In tandem with Cheyenne Westphal, now Chairman of Phillips, Hirst controversially staged an entire exhibition directly for auction with 2008's "Beautiful Inside My Head Forever," which collectively totalled £111 million ($198 million).

    Hirst remains genre-defying and creates everything from sculpture, prints, works on paper and paintings to installation and objects. Another of his most celebrated series, the 'Pill Cabinets' present rows of intricate pills, cast individually in metal, plaster and resin, in sterilized glass and steel containers; Phillips New York showed the largest of these pieces ever exhibited in the United States, The Void, 2000, in May 2017.

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flies and resin on canvas
137.2 x 101.6 x 10.2 cm (54 x 40 x 4 in.)
Executed in 2003 - 2004.

£150,000 - 200,000 ‡♠

Sold for £149,000

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20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale

London Auction 30 June 2017